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Posted: November 17, 2010 12:30 a.m.

The News at your doorstep

It’s easy to become deskbound at the workplace, but Saturday, The Covington News hit the road.

For one brisk and beautiful fall morning, staff members from all our departments went door-to-door in neighborhoods across Covington. It was a great day to be out and about, and it was fun to meet so many new folks.

We wanted to know what you like and dislike about the paper, and what it would take to make you a subscriber, so we could be regular visitors in your home.

So many of you were gracious enough to share a few minutes of your time with us, and we thank you.

Saturday morning is your time, and we get that, but we also wanted to stop in and visit at a time when you could share your thoughts.

After all, this is your paper, and we want to make it better with your insights and input.

The good news is that a lot of you like what we’re doing. You like that we are focused exclusively on Newton County and environs, and that we provide content you can’t find elsewhere.

That’s exactly what we intend to do, keep you informed and entertained. Thanks for the pats on the back.

Some folks said they want more news from elsewhere. OK, fair enough. We’re working on a new feature called Up To Speed, a briefing on stuff you can talk about over coffee in the morning.

Others said they wanted more of a balance on our opinion page. We’ve been working on that too, offering a new cartoonist to the mix. We’re also always open to guest editorials and columns, and we regularly sample what our friends are talking about on Facebook.

Some people wanted more photos. We take a lot of our own photos, but we also love to run your photos and snapshots, too.

A few folks wanted us to do more on Newton County history. We’re up to it, y’all. Look for some excursions back in time after the first of the year. And a special thanks to Mike Lassiter for some suggestions on sources.

If you were out or just didn’t want to be bothered on Saturday, sorry we missed you.

We’d still like to talk with you, though.

You can write me at tgiddens@covnews.com, or call (678) 750-5011, or just stop in at our office at 1166 Usher St. N.W. Catch me at the right time, and I’ll buy you a cup of coffee.

You can also talk with us at 6 p.m. on Thursday on the square downtown at the Christmas tree lighting. We’ll have some warm cider waiting for you.

In December, meet the newspaper editorial board at a town hall meeting we’re staging at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 8, at City Hall in Porterdale. All are welcome. I’ll be there, as will Publisher Charles Hill Morris and General Manager Pat Cavanaugh. We want to talk with you about what we do, and what you think we could do better.

Hope to see you soon.

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